Category Archives: FGC

Fighting games, the people that play them, and the events the people go to.

SFV Getting A Heap Of New Stuff Soon – Evo 2016 Panel

Evolution is upon us, with pools play currently underway in Las Vegas. During all this is a two-day schedule of panels conducted by fighting games developers, keen to let slip what the future holds for the games being played in the next hall over.

This morning it was Capcom’s turn to show us what’s coming to Street Fighter V in the near future. Here’s what they had to offer.

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July Update To Bring SFV Back?

With Community Effort Orlando in the bag for 2016, viewers were sent home with a special gift from Capcom: two new characters for Street Fighter V and the long-promised Story mode, all available this Friday. And literally in the space of that two minute trailer, the fighting games scene went from caustically pessimistic about the game’s chances to unbridled jubilance. Just listen to that crowd, will you?

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Injustice 2 Debuts – My Thoughts

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Capcom Pro Tour 2016 Announced

This afternoon Capcom announced the schedule for the upcoming Capcom Pro Tour, culminating in the Capcom Cup Finals in December.

With a successful season last year, Capcom’s Peter Rosas commented on how tough it was to bring changes, aside from the big shift away from Ultra Street Fighter 4, to the new Street Fighter V, set for release next week.

The Capcom Pro Tour is a series of events throughout the year that serves as qualifier events for the Capcom Cup Finals, a 32-man tournament with a prize pool of $500,000.

This year Capcom intends to introduce a two-tier ranking system, covering both regional and global competition. Top-ranking entrants from four regions, North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, will qualify for the Capcom Cup Finals, along with twelve Premier Event winners from prestigious FGC events around the world.

Capcom Pro Tour 2016 kicks off in March 18 with Final Round in Atlanta, USA. Australia will get its taste of the CPT action with two ranking events for the first time ever: Battle Arena Melbourne on May 13, ahead of the OzHadou Nationals in Sydney in late August. Both of these ranking events will send winners to the Capcom Pro Tour Asia finals, held later this year in South Korea, as well as dole out ranking points for placing competitors.

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The Definition Of Insanity: Capcom’s Non-SFV Fighters

Some bad guy in some old game once defined insanity as ‘doing the exact same fucking thing over and over again expecting shit to change’. For the team at Capcom, however, it looks like they’re expecting a different result from their same old reluctance to bank on their non-Street Fighter fighting franchises, despite the runaway success of Street Fighter doyen Yoshinori Ono’s labour of love. Read the rest of this entry

PSA: New Patch for SFV Beta

Word is starting to spread of a new patch on the Street Fighter V beta for PlayStation 4 users. Patch notes claim that it’s for an “overall renew for next beta test”. Before the beta program started Capcom promised three seperate beta periods for a lucky few to test the game, and so far they’ve delivered four. If a new beta really is on the cards before the game’s release in four weeks’ time, it would be number five.

There’s no word as to whether this beta will also be open to Steam users, or what other features will be made available, but the update is 3GB and it’s available now on your PS4. So yeah, get to it.

New MKX Kombat Pack 2 Trailer

Netherrealm Studios just put out the latest trailer for the upcoming second Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat X, giving punters their first look at new additions Bo Rai Cho, Triborg, Leatherface and Alien. Also featured for the first time was the return of a classic Mortal Kombat staple; The Pit. Check out the trailer below.

In further news, Warner Bros. let slip some of the extra content to be expected in KP2: in addition to an all-new Apocalypse pack containing Takeda, D’Vorah and Erron Black, the bundle will also include access to Goro, the Kold War skin pack, and the Brazil skin pack, all of which have already been released as standalone DLC. Frustratingly, WB hasn’t said whether punters that have already bought these particular items can expect any special treatment, but we can hope that they’ll be looked after.


Top Blokes of 2015

It’s the last week of the year, the time of year where all the people purporting to be journalists fill the hours with Top 10 after Top 10 after Top 10. On one hand, I don’t buy into all that, but on the other hand it’s like a shoe-in for getting more traffic. So with all that in mind, here’s a list of people that are Top Blokes. There’s no hard set qualification goes into this, just a set of people I think should get more recognition, which comes in the form of crudely Photoshopped stamp of laurels.

I’m also deciding this is going to be a yearly thing: each Christmas I vow to pick eight identities that I want to acknowledge in my own special way, eight blokes or shielas that deserve to get a big red stamp. Here’s the Class of 2015…

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Smash Bros 4 Going All The Hell Out

Smash 4’s after-market roster additions have been a true mixed bag; catering for the Melee players by bringing back the likes of Roy and Mewtwo, while venturing into the great unknown beyond franchises that truly made it big with the Big N with Street Fighter’s Ryu and Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud, had everyone anticipating the next Nintendo Direct’s big Smash reveal. And boy, was today’s season finale a doozy.

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Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Announced, SF’s Akuma Guest Stars

Short on time right now, I’ll revisit this with a real op ed, but holy damn Akuma’s gonna be in the next Tekken game, surely this is a sign of the end times. Just watch the trailer below.